As the State proceeds through the gradual reopening phases, the Governor—along with the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD)—will provide directives for when specific types of businesses, organizations, and community resources are permitted to reopen. The timeline for reopening remains fluid as the State works to mitigate the spread of the virus.
In order to respond to these phases and to determine the appropriate service level for your library, the Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB) recommends that your Board of Trustees approve a written plan for any service provision—be it curbside, delivery, or staged reopening—and, where appropriate, have that plan vetted by your local municipality.
Each Vermont public library has the power to make decisions on if and how to provide services under the advisement of the library board and stakeholders such as the municipality and community leaders (if applicable). Libraries should weigh the potential vulnerability of community members, staff, and participating volunteers when deciding how to proceed. They should also consider long term budget ramifications of any service levels. Note: All libraries must adhere to the orders put forth by the Governor of Vermont.
Considerations for Your Reopening Plan
To help you develop a reopening plan, VTLIB offers this list of considerations. Make sure that your plan clearly distinguishes between requirements and guidelines.
Reopening Resources and Plan Examples
This is a list of general planning resources from ALA, media, and other states, along with examples of reopening plans.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Ideas & Source List
This is a list of sources for PPE, such as sneeze guards and hand sanitizer, as well as ideas for keyboard cleaning. It is a work in progress, and more will be added over time.
Considerations and Guidance for Responding to Budget Cuts
Guidance for those facing potential budget cuts, whether they are planning to open or not
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